Measles outbreak reaches record numbers in both the U.S. and Philippines

The record number of measles cases in the United States has reached 764 cases across 23 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, or CDC. Authorities have identified that California’s largest outbreak came from a visitor to the Philippines.

16 of the 40 measles cases in California are traced in the north state – Byoot, Calaveras, Shasta and Tehama — and the Tehama County Health Services agency said the local cases started with a traveler who picked up the virus in the Philippines.

The Philippines is dealing with its own measles outbreak — with the Department of Health reporting more than 31,000 confirmed cases, including 415 deaths in 2019 alone.

Back in the States – the 764 confirmed cases is an increase of 60 cases from the previous week, and is considered the greatest number of cases reported in the US since 1994, and since measles was declared eliminated in 2000.

The CDC said New York is the epicenter of the outbreak, with 716 confirmed cases.

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